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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
(1945?)

Arrival at Paris,   pp. 13-15 PDF (727.5 KB)


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deal of damage, yet the airfield we were over had been completely
bombed. The field looked as if it had undergone a severe case
of smallpox. Two bridges were completely wrecked, one bridge
looked as if it might be about half the span of our George
Washington Bridge. The countryside was green and beautiful;
every inch of land seems to be under cultivation and it looks
as if the French peasant is going to eat.
Arrival at Paris
We arrived in Paris at 5:24 p.m. E.W.T., approximately 30
hours out of Washington, with 6 hours on the ground at scheduled
stops, making our flying time 24 hours.
Deplaning at Orley Field, our Army's airdrome in Paris, we
were met by Kingsbury Smith (INS Manager), Joe Willicombe,
Jr., and Lieutenant Watts of the Army, our future conducting
officer.
I told a friend returning home on our ship to be sure to
put his blankets on the floor at the rear of the plane alongside
the door, thereby enabling him to stretch out and get a good
night's sleep. This I learned from a Colonel who monopolized
this coveted spot coming over.
What a great sight at Orley Field! It is now 11:24 p.m. Sunday,
Paris time. There must be 3,000 people sitting about the air
terminal, mostly soldiers, all waiting to fly somewhere. The
untiring Red Cross girls pass out coffee and the great American
doughnut to the boys.
Johnnie Hanes and I stood fascinated, and never moved. The
boys took care of our passports, papers and baggage, and in
about half an hour we were escorted to a car and told we were
being taken to our billet-the George V Hotel. Lieutenant Watts
is a very efficient young man.
At the George V, two beautiful rooms awaited us in which were
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